The prestigious Design Innovation in Plastics Award is the longest running student plastics design competition in Europe. Six students from universities around the UK presented their innovative new products to a panel of judges, which included PDD’s Hugo Revellat from our technical team, in the finals of the 2018 Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition.
From an original submission of more than 140 entries, the six finalists were selected to contest the final of the competition. As part of the prize remuneration, one of the successful finalists will be offered a placement at PDD, London.
Hugo Revellat, Senior Consultant – Engineering Design at PDD, said: “Sitting on the DIP judging panel is a fascinating experience. There were a lot of entries this year and it took a good amount of work and negotiation amongst the judges to select the best projects. I was impressed by the maturity of the six finalists and by the quality of their presentations and projects. I would recommend any student with a passion for product design to enter; it is a very fulfilling process.”
The competition brief, ‘Branching Out – Design for Garden Innovation’, challenged students to design an innovative product, primarily from plastics, that better connects people with nature, enhancing the pleasure of gardening or leisure activities within the garden, or helping to sooth mind and body after a long and stressful day.
Presenting their products were:
• Syeda Fatima Abedi Manji, De Montfort University: Gingko – a planter for urban spaces designed specifically with children in mind to help their development and promote the joy of gardening.
• Olivia Alexander, De Montfort University: Buzz – a bee friendly planter that administers an anti-mite chemical directly to the bees.
• Lewis Brown, Teesside University: Dynamic Grip – an ergonomic garden multi-tool targeting gardeners with arthritis.
• Zeina Mofti, Brunel University: G Cycle – a product which combines modern indoor gardening with home aquariums to enhance wellbeing, by providing a calm and relaxing environment.
• William Oughton, Brunel University: Bulb Garden Furniture – a set of garden accessories designed to enhance and add function to unattractive fencing.
• Alex Roquero, Brunel University: Hook – a portable balcony shelf which hooks to any kind of railing, thereby optimising space in reduced areas.
Results will announce at a ceremony in London on July 6th.
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